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Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Baptism of Lizzie Schulte

Lizzie Schulte's Certificate of Baptism
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My great-grandmother Lizzie, born 28 June 1872, was christened at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan on 11 August 1872.

Her father, Joseph Meier Schulte, had left the Catholic church to marry her mother, Alvina Tobien. Lizzie was raised Lutheran, but she joined the Catholic church when she married Felix Hauer, who was Catholic. (Source: Evelyn Hauer)

"The minister at the time of the Schulte and Feucht baptisms was Rev. J.A. Huegli and then he was followed first by Pastor H.C.F. Otte and then later by Pastor Otte's son, another Pastor Otte (Gilbert). Pastor Gilbert Otte had a great love for genealogy and he allowed the Mormon church to come in and microfilm all the vital records going back to the 1850’s." (Source: Cheryl Schulte)

This baptism certificate appears to have been signed by Pastor Gilbert T. Otte, who served from 1927 until 1981. Thus it would have been created late in Lizzie's life, or possibly after her death. Her daughter Evelyn seemed to have an interest in genealogy, so perhaps it was she who had the document made. I can think of no explanation for the misspelling, Otto rather than Otte, on the certificate.

The certificate is in rather poor condition.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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